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Shania Twain

At 18, Twain decided to try and make a go of her singing career in Toronto. She found work, but didn’t make enough to support herself without taking odd jobs, which included a stint at McDonald’s.

In 1987, however, Twain’s life was upended when her parents died in a car crash. In order to support her three younger siblings (in addition to Twain’s younger sister, Sharon and Jerry had had a son together and had also adopted Jerry’s nephew), Twain returned to Timmins and took a job singing as part of a Las Vegas–style show at a nearby resort.

However, Twain hadn’t given up on making her own music, and she kept continued to write songs in her free time. Her demo made it to Nashville, and she was subsequently signed to Polygram Records (which became Mercury Nashville).


Shania Twain, OC (/ʃəˌnaɪ.ə ˈtweɪn/) (born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian country pop singer and songwriter. Referred to as "The Queen of Country Pop", she is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. She is also the best selling female artist in the history of country music.

Twain's second studio album, 1995's The Woman in Me, brought her widespread fame. It sold 20 million copies worldwide, spawning hits such as "Any Man Of Mine" and earning her a Grammy Award. Twain's third album, Come On Over, became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time, selling around 40 million copies worldwide. Come On Over produced several singles, including "You're Still the One", "From This Moment On" and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!", and earned Twain three Grammy Awards. Her fourth and latest studio album, Up!, was released in 2002 and, like her previous two albums, was also certified Diamond in the U.S., spawning hits like "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" and "Forever and for Always".

Twain has received five Grammy Awards, 27 BMI Songwriter awards, stars on Canada's Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She is the only female artist in history to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond by the RIAA. Altogether, Twain is ranked as the 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era.

In 2004, Twain retired from performing and retreated to her home in Switzerland. In her 2011 autobiography, she cited a weakening singing voice as the reason for not performing publicly. When both her singing and speaking were affected, Twain consulted the Vanderbilt Dayani Center in Nashville. Specialists discovered lesions on her vocal cords and diagnosed her with dysphonia, all treatable with careful rehabilitation. In 2012, Twain returned to the concert stage in her critically acclaimed show Still the One, exclusively at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.


Her birth name is Eileen Edwards. She took the name Shania when she was 25.
She was adopted by her stepfather, an Ojibway Indian, when she was 6. "Shania" means "I'm on my way" in his language.
Her parents were killed in a car accident when she was young. She raised her siblings.
She grew up in the rural town for Timmins in Northern Ontario, Canada. (thanks, Heidi - Niagara Falls, Canada)
She's married to record producer Mutt Lange, who has worked with many big acts, including AC/DC, The Cars, and Def Leppard. They live in a castle in Switzerland.
She crossed over to mainstream Pop in the 1990s. Her 1997 album Come On Over is the biggest selling Country album and the best selling solo-female of all time, selling over 36 million copies.
In 2005, Shania bought a high-country ranch in Wanaka, New Zealand. The property has spectacular mountain and lake views and isn't too far away from the tourist resort of Queenstown.

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You're Still the One

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